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John Newbery Medal 2013


John Newbery Medal 2013

The John Newbery Medal honors the author of the year's most outstanding contribution to children's literature. Presented every year since 1922, the Medal is named for 18th-century British bookseller John Newbery. Henrik Van Loon won the first Newbery Medal in 1922 for THE STORY OF MANKIND. Receiving the Newbery Medal virtually guarantees that the winning book will remain in print and on library and bookstore shelves for years to come.

-The winner of the John Newbery Medal is THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN by Katherine Applegate.

-Three Newbery Honor Books were named: SPLENDORS AND GLOOMS by Laura Amy Schlitz, BOMB: The Race to Build --- and Steal --- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin and THREE TIMES LUCKY by Sheila Turnage.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine A. Applegate - Fiction

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he rarely misses his life in the jungle. Instead, he thinks about TV shows, his friends and his art. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home --- and his own art --- through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz - Gothic Thriller

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his puppets that they appear alive. Clara, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets and his two orphaned assistants, Lizzie and Parsefall. Clara seems to have everything they lack --- but Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion falls upon the puppeteer and Lizzie and Parsefall. As they seek to puzzle out Clara’s whereabouts, Lizzie and Parse uncover Grisini’s criminal past and wake up to his evil intentions.

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin - History

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage - Fiction


Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel and Miss Lana. When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth.